'Fiercely independent' Kelowna woman suffers stroke, needs support

Stroke victim needs support

A Kelowna woman, described by her daughter as "fiercely independent," now needs support as she copes with the aftermath of a stroke.

Trina Links, 48, suffered a stroke over the Labour Day weekend and is now looking at months of recovery.

"On September 4 we found out my mom Trina suffered a stroke. She's only 48 and lives a healthy lifestyle so this comes as quite a shock," says Carrisa Links, Trina's oldest daughter.

Links tells Castanet that her mother just started a new job and was suffering from migraine headaches that wouldn't go away. "Her initial CT scan revealed that she has a connective tissue disorder that makes her blood vessels and arteries weak and malformed which is why she experienced the stroke at such as young and healthy age."

Links says her mother is awaiting further tests but she is having difficulty seeing, is in constant pain and feels very sick and tired and cannot get out of bed.

"Trina has always been a fiercely independent and strong person and is so quick to help others. But now I think it's time she could use some serious support. She currently lives alone without the help of a partner to support her through these tough times. She works full time and is running another business in her spare time, while also taking care of her small mountain home in a remote area outside of Kelowna which is very labour-intensive (chopping wood, snow blowing, and keeping the fire warm). And now she won't be able to do any of these things," Links says.

At this point, it's difficult to know how much function she will recover or how long her recovery will take.

Carissa says, "I am asking for your support to help her by sharing her story and her GoFundMe page on your news channel as she will have no income for the foreseeable future and will have additional medical expenses and therapy to help her hopefully regain her vision, reduce or eliminate pain, fatigue and severe nausea.

"I sincerely appreciate any help you can offer," Links says.

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